Doctors Manhandled; Health Secretary Writes to Home Dept Seeking Police Protection

Bhubaneswar: After repeated attacks on doctors at Puri and Balasore the State Health Secretary Arti Ahuja immediately wrote a letter to the State Home secretary Asit Tripathy requesting the Home department to set up police outposts at health centres across the State and provide 24-hour security to doctors and support staff. “As the incidents of manhandling of doctors are growing, it is requested that police outposts be opened in all tertiary care institutions, district headquarters hospitals and sub-divisional hospitals in the State,” Ahuja stated in the letter.

Doctors at the Puri district headquarters hospital ceased work after the relatives of a patient assaulted a doctor and staff and ransacked the hospital accusing them of medical negligence leading to the death of a patient on Wednesday night.

On Thursday the doctors blamed the district administration for failing to provide security. They also alleged that attacks at the hospital keep repeating but no steps are being taken to curb such incidents. In another incident medicine specialist Dr. Bharat Samal has been admitted to the ICU of the hospital sustained critical injuries after a relative of a patient assaulted him alleging negligence at Balasore district headquarters hospital today.

Citing the cases Ahuja further stated that tight security be provided to doctors and the police should include the provisions of Medicare Act 10 of 2009 in the FIR. “The importance of Medicare Act 10 of 2009 promulgated to curb violence against medicare providers in government hospitals may also be emphasised and police stations be requested to include its provisions in the FIR,” wrote Ahuja in the letter.

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